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Shigeru Kaga drops 10th game of the year

by on Sep.23, 2010 @ 3:19 pm, under NPB

Shigeru Kaga (YOK) dropped his 10th game of the year last night and apparently became the first player in franchise history to record double-digit losses in his first year since Fumiaki Kadota did it in 1978.

It should also perhaps be mentioned that some of those losses aren't his fault.  The problem with Kaga has been run support: in the month of September, Kaga is 0-3 in 4 starts and the offense has only managed to provide him with a total 6 runs in those starts.

Here are a couple of one-run games that could have gone either way:

5/30 - a no decision in a 1-0 loss to Lotte

6/6 - a no decision in a 2-1 loss to Nippon Ham

6/30 - got the loss in a 3-2 loss against Yakult

9/10 - a no decision in a 1-0 loss against Chunichi

9/16 - got the loss in a 2-1 loss against Hanshin

And here's a breakdown of pitchers that have started games in which the Bay Stars were shutout:

Shigeru Kaga 3
Stephen Randolph 3
Daisuke Miura 2
Hayato Terahara 1
Naoyuki Shimizu 1
Futoshi Kobayashi 1
Yota Kosugi 1
Hitoshi Fujie 1

Incidentally, Kaga currently has a 3.33 ERA, good for third in the NPB.  It drops a little to 3.57 when you take out his relief appearances, but that's still a very respectable ERA for a first year pitcher.